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Marriage

by Allen M. Parkman

Marriage, once just a social institution, now implies a legal relationship, with some limitations that could be changed for greater social benefit.

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Military-Industrial Complex

by Christopher A. Preble

The alliance of the military technology industry and the growth of the government’s war authority has led to increasingly aggressive foreign policy.

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Money and Banking

by Lawrence H. White

In this entry, Lawrence H. White explains the changing ways in which economists have thought about money and banking, including the debate over deregulation.

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Paternalism

by Will Wilkinson

Paternalism in law-making is where the government makes decisions for individuals based on what the government thinks is best for them.

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Political Parties

by Patrick Basham

Political parties can help to inform voters and overcome collective action problems, but also institutionalize government vote-seeking and rent-seeking.

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Pornography

by Wendy McElroy

Pornography is an issue that raises questions about sexuality and feminism, but also about censorship and whether government can regulate entertainment.

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Price Controls

by Donald J. Boudreaux

When the government uses price controls to influence the affordability of products, shortages or surpluses occur - often making the problem worse.

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Privacy

by Solveig Singleton

Privacy and the government’s treatment of private information has changed with new waves of crime-detecting and information-collecting technology.

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Privatization

by Robert Poole

Privatization occurs when government grants control of an industry to market forces, often leading to greater efficiency and choice.

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Psychiatry

by Jeffrey A. Schaler

Libertarians are skeptical of some approaches to psychiatry especially when it involves government or when patients are coerced into accepting treatment.

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Public Choice Economics

by William A. Niskanen

Public choice theory, now popular among academics, approaches economic and political phenomena by examining individual choices and interests.

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Racism

by Clint Bolick

Racism, or the belief that certain racial or ethnic groups are inferior to others or deserve lesser treatment, is fundamentally opposed to individualism.

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Regulation

by Michael C. Munger

Government regulation of the market is often argued to be a response to market failures. However, often these regulations make society worse off.

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Rent Seeking

by Sanford Ikeda

Rent-seeking occurs when actors lobby the government for regulatory legislation that assures the actor an advantage in the market.

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Restitution for Crime

by Bruce Benson

A restitution-based system, which requires those guilty to pay recompense to those they wrong, may be more just than our retribution or crime-based systems.

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Retribution for Crime

by Eric Mack

Retributive justice holds that punishment is the only way to achieve justice and properly disincentivize criminal behavior, but to explain why, opinions differ.

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Right to Bear Arms

by Nelson Lund

The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.

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Rule of Law

by Norman Barry

The rule of law keeps society protected and in order by holding everyone – including government – accountable to objective standards of behavior.